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Fat Reduction and Muscle Building for Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, Main Line, and the Philadelphia Area

There are many options for someone seeking to reduce stubborn abdominal fat, but one key element sets EMSCULPT® apart: In addition to reducing fat for slimmer contours, the noninvasive treatment simultaneously builds muscle. Patients who choose EMSCULPT® at Bryn Mawr's Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa will get this dual benefit that has been shown to be both efficient and safe in more than half a dozen clinical studies in the United States.

EMSCULPT® can also be used safely for noninvasive buttocks toning and lifting—the first of its kind in the world. Though this electromagnetic-based technology is a brand new addition to the world of aesthetics, the Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa team has been thoroughly trained with it in order to provide a safe experience for every patient seeking consistent and natural-looking results.

Contact Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa today to learn whether EMSCULPT® in the Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia area is right for you. Call or email us by phoning 610.525.5029 or contact us online.

Why Choose EMSCULPT®?

Body contours are determined by several factors, with muscle tone providing lines and angles that can easily be hidden under fat cells.

The problem with lifestyle-based attempts to change body contours is that they often don't work. Dieting and exercise will certainly make a difference—especially for your health—but may never fully reduce that undesired belly fat. Someone may spend months working out, but find that their body still does not look as sleek and trim as they would like. Similarly, careful dieting may lead to a slim appearance, but not a defined one.

Think of fat loss and muscle building as two sides of the same coin. Both need to happen in order for ideal results to be achieved, which is why EMSCULPT® simultaneously focuses on both fat reduction and muscle building.


How Does EMSCULPT® Work?

EMSCULPT® employs high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology (HIFEM®) which is noninvasively delivered into the targeted tissues to cause muscle contractions. In contrast to voluntary muscle contractions, which you control when you flex and relax your muscles—as with sit-ups or squats— EMSCULPT® stimulates supramaximal contractions, which are involuntary. Patients can expect to experience about 20,000 contractions per 30-minute treatment session. This is far more than would be possible on your own during a 30-minute workout session!

The supramaximal contractions induce two major changes:

  • They induce a metabolic fat cell death, called apoptosis. The fat cells are permanently damaged after rapidly delivering energy to the contracting muscles. The body naturally clears the dying fat cells, leading to an overall reduction in fat volume, which has been documented with ultrasound, CAT scan, and MRI studies.
  • Simultaneously, the supramaximal contractions cause myofibers in the muscles to increase in number and size, triggering volumetric growth. This results in larger, stronger muscles as the tissue is forced to quickly adapt to the extreme conditions. This has also been documented with ultrasound, CAT scan, and MRI studies.

Together, these changes result in a slimmer, more toned and defined abdominal area.

Despite all that is being accomplished, a single treatment session lasts 30 minutes. The sensation has been described as similar to a high-intensity workout—whilelying back and relaxing for the duration of the session.

What Can EMSCULPT® Target?

There are two main regions to be targeted by EMSCULPT®: the abdomen and the buttocks. Both women and men can achieve noticeable improvements to these areas that are difficult to target via lifestyle-based body sculpting efforts. The ultimate results achieved with EMSCULPT® are enhanced abdominal contouring by building muscle and reducing fat. EMSCULPT® is also a safe option for buttocks toning and lifting. The treatment parameters used to treat the buttocks are different than those used to treat the abdomen, as fat loss is not desired for buttocks toning and lifting.

What to Know Before an EMSCULPT® Treatment

Because EMSCULPT® is entirely noninvasive, there is no special preparation necessary prior to a treatment session. Similarly, there is no post-procedure down time required for recovery.

Plan for multiple treatment sessions that will happen over the course of two weeks. Ideal results require four EMSCULPT® procedures, each spaced two to three days apart. Each patient's customized plan will be determined after an initial consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for EMSCULPT®?

While EMSCUPT® is intended as a fat-reduction and muscle-building treatment for patients who fit certain criteria, its effectiveness as the ideal treatment for you should be determined in a consultation at Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa. Depending on your unique contours and aesthetic goals, you may find that EMSCULPT®, a different solution, or a combination of options will work best.

For patients who have a layer of stubborn abdominal fat hiding a six-pack, EMSCULPT® can be particularly effective.


Patients report feeling the results of their EMSCULPT® treatment shortly after finishing a session. While a single treatment will begin to yield changes, the results will continue to improve for several months after the last treatment.

Remember that while dieting is good for shrinking fat cells, these smaller fat cells still remain in place. If given the opportunity, they can easily grow again to create unwanted bulges. Fat cells that are cleared by the body after an EMSCULPT® treatment are gone for good.

Studies have shown that patients can expect an average fat reduction of 19 percent, and a 16 percent average increase in muscle mass. Patients suffering from diastasis recti—which is abdominal muscle separation typically due to pregnancy or obesity—can expect an average 11 percent reduction in this problem.


  • Reduces fat and builds muscles.
  • High-intensity focused electromagnetic technology (HIFEM®) driving the treatment has been the subject of seven clinical trials.
  • Fat cells damaged by the treatment are removed by the body's natural processes.
  • A minimum of four treatments is required.
  • Also used to tone and lift the buttocks without incisions, sutures, or injections.

Other Body Sculpting Options

Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa recognizes that every patient is different and has unique body contouring needs, which is why several nonsurgical body sculpting options are available beyond EMSCULPT®:

CoolSculpting® is a temperature-based treatment that chills, then kills fat cells to kick off natural processes that remove them from the body.

Vanquish ME is a non-contact radio frequency energy device with a focus on disrupting a large quantity of fat cells around the abdomen and on the thighs. It especially works well in higher BMI (body mass index) patients.

vShape and vShape Ultra also use radiofrequency as well as ultrasound energies to damage fat cells and to stimulate collagen production to tighten skin.

Kybella® involves injecting a deoxycholic acid-based formula into fat cells on the neck to reduce a double chin. Other areas of the body can be treated as well but are considered off FDA label (meaning they were not officially approved for those areas).

The Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa team has extensive experience with a wide range of body types and the treatments designed to contour them. Whether you could benefit from EMSCULPT® or another sculpting strategy, the goal is safe, natural-looking results.

Note that patients considering a surgical solution can explore liposuction, tummy tuck, butt lift, breast augmentation or reduction, and more at the Cirillo Institute, offering plastic surgery for men and women interested in a more dramatic, but still natural-looking change.

Don't let your current body contours keep you from enjoying life. Contact Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa today to learn about EMSCULPT® for the Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia area and determine if it is right for you. Call us at 610-525-5029 or contact us online.
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